BMW isn't supposed to debut the 2 Series until tomorrow, according to Carscoops, but that hasn't stopped these photos of the 1 Series Coupe replacement from leaking onto the web. First picked up by a BMW 2 Series enthusiast site, the photos eventually found their way around the web, and complement the spy images we showed you of the uncovered 2 Series from almost six months ago.

This particular car is the M235i, and will serve as the range-topping 2 Series. As the number "35" is affixed to this car's tail, there's no question that the engine powering this example is BMW's turbocharged, 3.0-liter six-cylinder. As we reported earlier this month, power for the M235i should sit around 320 horsepower, blessing the 3,240-pound coupe with a 4.8-second sprint to 60 miles per hour when equipped with an eight-speed automatic (a six-speed manual is also available, but drops the time down to an even five seconds).

While this isn't a full-bore M car like the 1 Series M Coupe, it has been touched by the company's in-house tuning division, which means it sports a racier body kit, blacked out grilles and M-labeled interior items, like the steering wheel.

The M235i will lord over four other, lesser 2 Series models, including three diesels - the 218d, 220d and 225d - and one gasoline unit, the 220i. Expect the 220i to use the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder found in the 320i. As for the diesels, well, we wouldn't count on any of them arriving in the US market. That said, BMW's expanding diesel range, with the 328d and 535d joining the X5 xDrive35d, might make the idea of a smaller, more affordable diesel offering appealing to the minds in Munich.

We'll hopefully have a lot more details for you tomorrow, when the 2 Series is expected to make its official debut. Until then, we've attached the new images up top and the older 2 Series spy photos down below.


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      GVIrish
      • 1 Year Ago
      All I want to know is, are we going to get a true M2? It is a travesty BMW only made 800 1M's, I can hope that they won't give us another extremely limited batch of M's, or no M's at all.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks better than the 1-series. Thank god!
      ApexNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      It actually looks similar to the E46 M3 from the front, including the bump on the hood.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      All I want to know is if this chassis is based on the old 1 Series which was based on the E46 chassis. If so, maybe this will be a BMW that once again drives great( But see new 3 series and 5 series).
        1STH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        it is based on the old 1-series chassis, however THAT 1-series chassis was based on the E90/E92 3-series...not the E46.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice 3 series coupe, er, I mean, 4 series coupe. Wait, I mean, 1 series coupe. Wait, 2 series?? Seriously though, BMW's ever-expanding naming system aside, I think this is a huge improvement over the previous 1 series's looks (1 M Coupe excluded of course). And while I do think BMW's models are starting to look a little too similar, there's no question once you see the profile and the taillights this is the smaller coupe in BMW's range. Even though the front bumper reminds me of some hybrid of the E60 M5 and X5 M and I'm not a fan of the silver mirrors, if they can keep the weight low, I see no wrong with this model. The M2, if they make it even lighter with the same CF techniques used for the M4 and bump the power to closer to 400 hp, it should be a really fun car.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not bad.
      Vien Huynh
      • 1 Year Ago
      look just like 3 4 5 6 7 out there to me... sometimes it is hard to know which model the car is @ night.
      Matt Mossberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Same interior layout since the 2005 3 series. I'd like a fresher take, some cues from the i3/i8 would be nice IMO.
        audisp0rta4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt Mossberg
        How do you manage to see an E46 (still in production in 2005) interior when you look at the new 2 series interior?!
        George
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt Mossberg
        The interior layout is nothing like the 2005 3 series, other than having a steering wheel, seats, and a shifter.
      Native Texan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate the front end. The corners of the front bumper make it look like it's been in an accident. And I see that BMW is still in love with that ugly "wart" on top of the car they call a "shark fin" antenna. No thanks.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, it's not as "M" as the M135i? Why even put M on it then? It also looks identical to the M-sport package with the regular 235i. M-cars usually look a little more aggressive than the M-sport package.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man oh man that's one beautifully executed design. I love how compact the car is, but at same time headlights and kidney grill makes it look wider, more dynamic. I appreciate that the designers kept the classic lines from b-pillar onto the c and then to the trunk. It's going to be such a pleasure to drive. I want. All the luxury toys in a small compact fun to drive package makes all the sense in the world. All the daft people who don't get this concept, will immediately start complaining about the pricing.
      Burt
      • 1 Year Ago
      What are the leaders of BMW thinking? When you make a smaller, less attractive car than your mainstay, you do it to open up a new market in which you are not currently competing. That of necessity mandates a substantially lower price range, not within $1,000 or two of your bread and butter models. There is no point to this new line of "vanilla" cars. It is too expensive to enter a new market. It is too unattractive to excite new buyers. It doesn't offer anything that justifies its existence. It is a loser right out of the gate.
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